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3.0 out of 5 stars A Library Check-Out at Best, June 1, 2006
This review is from: Cupcakes (Paperback)
Hi there!

What you should know before you buy:

There are basically 3 cupcake recipes in this 64 page (that includes table of contents and index) book. They are Vanilla (for chocolate you sub 2 Tbsp cocoa powder for 2 Tbsp flour), carrot, and fruit & nut. What??? They're are some variations where you add citrus zest or berries (for example). Am I the only one that feels like a chocolate version deserves it's own recipe?

You may also want to know there are 4 basic recipes for frosting: buttercream, cream cheese, chocolate fudge, and white chocolate fudge. FYI the cream cheese recipe is cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice. No butter? (I'll stick with the recipe I already have).

Perhaps this book could've been called "Fondant Cupcakes," because nearly half of these cupcakes are decorated with fondant which is just cut out in different shapes from different colors. I guess that explains why we didn't need/get more frosting recipes.

Furthermore, there is no resource guide. Can you list recipes that call for flaked chocolate bars (no this does not mean a chocolate bar that you flake) and not tell us where to get them? Which is not to mention a source for all that fondant, candied citrus peel, etc.

Finally, I felt there were a decent amount of photographs, but not where they would've been most helpful. For example on page 42 for Feather Cakes, step 3:

"Spoon a thick layer of icing onto a cake and spread it to the edges." (okay, I'm with you so far) "Using the jam in the piping bag, pile large dots of jam, 1/2 inch apart, onto the icing in a spiral, working from the edge of the cupcake to the center. Draw the tip of a toothpick or fine skewer through the dots so they almost join up." Huh? What does that look like? (It isn't the web you make by drawing the toothpick through one large spiral centered on the cupcake).

In all fairness I haven't tried the recipes yet (they better be exceptional!), but I wanted to post a review to save others the possible mistake of buying this book.

Bottom line: I recommend checking this one out of the library before paying money for it, so you can make an educated decision and not be disappointed like I was. Good Luck!
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2007 10:58:56 PM PDT
Thanks for being so honest and I agree with you about checking it out in the library or books store first. You just saved me some $. We need more honest reviews like this so let all write comments that are really truthful and not just from the heart.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 2:25:02 PM PST
Hi Charlie,

Another reviewer said that this is the same as a UK book called 'Fairy Cakes'. If so, that explains the 'flaked chocolate bar', wihch probably refers to a chocolate bar you get in the UK called 'Flake' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadbury_Flake) Sorry I can't help you with stockists, as I'm in the uk, but hopefully at least your curiosity will be sated.

Justine
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